IELTS Life Skills is for people who need to prove their English listening and speaking skills at Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Levels A1 or B1. They are accepted by the UK Visas and Migration Department for certain visa types.

IELTS Life Skills A1: Prove your English speaking and listening skills as part of your application to UK Visas and Immigration for 'family of a settled person' visas.

IELTS Life Skills B1: Prove your English speaking and listening skills as part of your application to UK Visas and Immigration for 'indefinite leave to remain or citizanship'.

You will be tested for your ability to obtain and gather information, communicate and engage in discussion. The exam will be a conversation between two test takers between 16 and 22 minutes and the session is conducted by an IELTS Examiner. The second test taker’s performance won’t affect your test results.

The example of test topic:

  • family and friends

  • work

  • health

  • leisure activities

  • transportation

  • weather

The IELTS Life Skills results are a little different too. Instead of receiving a band score, you will either get a pass or fail result, where a pass result means you can use your test result for your visa application.

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What is the 'pass mark' for the IELTS test?

In the IELTS Life Skills test, your results are given as a pass or fail mark.


There is no pass or fail in IELTS Academic or General Training test. Scores are graded on the 9-band system. Each educational institution or organisation sets its own level of IELTS scores to meet its individual requirements.

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